WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE 10PM: Sumiton Police tell CBS42 that the schools were put on lockdown after dispatchers got a call Thursday afternoon reporting a man with a gun. They say the investigation is complete, and everything has been referred to the principal of the middle school. They were not able to go any further into detail, beacuse they say the case involves a juvenile.
UPDATE 5:10PM: Sumiton police say both the middle and elementary schools are off lockdown, as all students have been accounted for and released safely to their parents.
UPDATE 4:40PM: Sumiton police say all students from the elementary school have been released to their parents. They are now working to release the middle school kids. Both remain under soft lockdown until they are both empty.
UPDATE 4PM: Police say Sumiton Middle and Elementary Scool have been downgraded to a soft lockdown. Children are being released to their parents slowly and only with police assistance.
Bevill State is no longer on lockdown.
ORIGINAL: The Sumiton campus of Bevill State Community College, as well as Sumiton Middle and Elementary, are on lockdown, CBS42 has confirmed. Bevill State released information that their lockdown is due “to an external threat at another area school.”
Sumiton police say all the schools in the area are on lockdown, and ask “if you have children in any schools in Sumiton expect delays and please refrain from trying to get to the schools.”
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tells us they are assisting with “the search” in relation to these lockdowns.
Sumiton Police tell CBS42 Sumiton Christian School was previously on lockdown, but is not anymore. As soon as officials release information about what is happening, we will update this story.